75% of operators still haven’t received Omicron Grants

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Council cash: local authorities received the funding in January (image: Getty/elgol)
Council cash: local authorities received the funding in January (image: Getty/elgol)

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Three quarters (75%) of operators have not yet received their Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grants, more than two months after councils received the funding.

A snap poll of 147 The Morning Advertiser ​readers found just one in four (25%) had received the cash.

However, the proportion of operators who have now received the grant compared to January has increased as a survey of 143 readers then found 95% had not received the money.

The grants of up to £6,000 are per site and based on the rateable value of each venue. It has been worked out in three bands, which are:

  • Rateable value of £0 to £15,000, grant available is £2,667
  • Pubs with a £15,000 to £51,000 rateable value can claim £4,000
  • The full grant of £6,000 is open to those with a rateable value of more than £51,000

Still available

This comes after the Government revealed more than £550m worth of the funding had not been distributed​.

Business minister Paul Scully urged operators to apply for the grants if they hadn’t done so already at The Morning Advertiser​’s MA Leaders Club conference last month (Thursday 24 February).

At the conference, Scully said: “That support is still available to those who haven’t applied and as of last week, there are still £556m worth of Hospitality and Leisure Grants to be distributed by local authorities.

“Local authorities have also got remaining another £300m in discretionary funding as well."

Cashflow is everything

The minister said: “The Government is working with local authorities, I’m ringing them up and trying to see what their biggest barriers are [when] handing out that money because cashflow is absolutely everything.”

Scully went on to outline how the Government wants to support the sector, mentioning the Hospitality Strategy​​, which was launched last year, and the Hospitality Sector Council​​.

He added: “You guys know how to drive footfall, you guys know how to drive custom and I want to be able to support you in being able to do that rather than wagging a finger and telling you how to do your own job.”

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